February 7, 2009

Beauty Tip of the Day: Step Right Up!

We've discussed this before but it bears repeating. One of the most neglected parts of our body are our feet. They get the least amount of love and literally carry us through our day. We stuff them inside wool socks and leather boots during winter and walk barefoot on hot sand during summer. They are forced to tolerate everything from stiletto heels on city sidewalks to hiking boots on the trail. Isn't it time you paid them back for all of their hard work?

Here's an easy three step pedicure you can do at home.
  1. Take a warm bath with a moisturizing additive like Bidwell Botanicals Shea Butter Shower Crème & Bubble Bath. What? Why take a bath? Why not? Your feet will be soaking in the tub the whole time so indulge me.
  2. When you're finished bathing dry off all but your feet and wrap up in a warm robe. While sitting at the edge of the tub use a combination of 1 part honey and 2 parts salt or sugar to scrub your still damp feet. Rinse well and drain the tub. Pat dry the moisture from your feet.
  3. Moisturize! I can't stress this enough especially in these cold, dry winter months. You can use anything from Vaseline to your favorite body lotion, the more emollient the better. The idea is to retain as much of the moisture in your skin as possible and doing so after this treatment is about ten times more effective than at any other time. Slip on a pair of cotton socks and go to bed.
There you go! You've killed two birds with one stone with the bath and your feet will thank you in the morning. That's a win/win situation if you ask me.

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